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LAST 24 HOURS:
Taliban Red Units reportedly launched an early morning raid on NRF forces in Khair Darrah and Kaasa Tarash in Andarab. Sources state the clash resulted in the deaths of 8 Taliban fighters and Taliban Commander Sayed Yaqut Shah. NRF Commander Abdul Martin was also killed. The Taliban attack was repulsed by NRF reinforcements, but skirmishes continue to be reported in the area. At-risk Afghans are encouraged to shelter in place and/or avoid the area for the interim.
Abdul Qadir, the Taliban’s District Governor of Takhar province, escaped from detention after being arrested on Sunday for allegedly cooperating with ISIS-K. His whereabouts are currently unknown, and the Taliban is reportedly interrogating the security team who was responsible for his arrest.
The World Bank announced it was freezing four projects worth $600 million dollars due to the decision to ban female students from the classroom.
The revolving door of arrests and releases of Afghan journalists continued with the arrest of three Voice of the Nation radio station employees and the release of seven other journalists who had been arrested on Monday. Clearly, the Taliban are continuing scrutiny of press outlets.
The Taliban stated that passport offices should resume full operations in the coming days with a capacity to issue up to 3,000 passports a day from Kabul and varying numbers from the provincial offices around the country.
Australia announced a plan to accept over 16,000 more Afghan refugees over the coming 4 years.
Some of the Taliban appear to have taken the recent edicts for government employees regarding beards and a dress code to mean that all Afghans must obey these mandates. Several public beatings of civilians have been reported around the country since the announcements were made.
NEXT 24 HOURS:
A 2-day meeting of regional and international diplomats in China will begin with the goal of mapping out security provisions and discussing humanitarian and development projects.
More fighting is expected in and around the Andarab district of Baghlan province. Taliban Red Units had called for reinforcements after a pre-dawn raid on an NRF bastion resulted in several casualties and stiffer than expected resistance.
The Pakistani embassy announced visas will be suspended for the next 10 days. It’s likely this measure has been put in place due to internal political turmoil in Pakistan.
al-Qaeda will begin to occupy the al Farooq military camp in Helmand. Reportedly, Taliban Deputy Defense Minister Zakir Qayyum has agreed to provide weapons and ammunition to al-Qaeda.
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 88.16 AFN (as of 30 MAR 2022)
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